Sunday, November 15, 2009

First Child, Second Child, Third Child

Here is a poem that I am sure you have all read before about having 3 children. I think it is too cute though.

How motherhood progresses as the family increases:

1st child - You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB-GYN confirms your pregnant.
2nd child - You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.
3rd child - Your regular clothes are your maternity clothes!

1st child - You pore over baby name books and practice pronouncing and writing combinations of all your favorites.
2nd child - Someone has to name their kid after great-aunt Mavis, right? Might as well be you.
3rd child - You open a name book, close your eyes, and see where your finger falls. Bimaldo? Sounds good to me!

1st child - You practice your breathing regularly.
2nd child - You don't bother practicing, because you remember from last time that breathing didn't do a thing.
3rd child - You ask for an epidural in the 8th month.

1st child - You pre-wash your newborns clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby's bureau.
2nd child - You make sure the clothes are clean and only discard those with the darkest stains.
3rd child - Boys can wear pink, can't they?!!?

1st child - At the first sign of distress - a whimper, a frown - you pick up the baby.
2nd child - You pick up the baby when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.
3rd child - You teach your three year old how to rewind the mechanical swing.

1st baby - You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swim, and Baby Story Hour.
2nd baby - You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.
3rd baby - You take your infant to the super market and dry cleaners.

1st baby - The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home 5 times.
2nd baby - Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave the number where you can be reach.
3rd baby - You leave instructions for the sitter to only call if she sees blood.

1st baby - You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at your baby.
2nd baby - You spend a little bit of every day watching to be sure your older child isn't squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.
3rd baby - You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.

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